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Preventing Seniors Falls: Some Tips to Help

At SeniorTV we work extensively with administrators and seniors throughout senior nursing homes and long term care facilities across the nation.   One of the main problems that we see among our fellow seniors is falls.   Unlike falls for younger people, seniors that fall can often result in many serious injuries including concussions, broken bones and even fatalities in some circumstances.  With that being said, falls can sometimes be prevented.  Here is a list of tips in helping senior falls

Change the Environment

fall-preventionEnvironmental factors cause about one third to half of all falls in the home. Hazards include slippery rugs or hardwood surfaces, bad lighting, staircases and poor shoes. A number of health conditions also contribute to falls. These include dizzy spells, osteoporosis, and structural diseases of the feet, stroke, visual impairments and lack of mobility.

The problem with falling is that once it happens once, paranoia can overcome a senior after that on a daily basis. The fear of falling can be a stressful issue that can encompass every part of a senior’s day.  The fear is common, and can lead to restrictive lifestyle choices, isolation from society and fear of leaving their home.  Add to that a reduction of mobility may cause more falls because of muscle atrophy, stiffness in the joints and a decrease in physical condition.

There is hope though, as there are ways to reduce the risk of falling. Falls can be prevented by being aware of the hazards in your environment and by making informed choices concerning footwear, medications and exercise.

Footwear

According to the National Senior Health, wearing shoes or slippers that do not fit or are in bad condition contributes to a large number of falls, and an even larger number of serious hip injuries. Statistics show that people who fall wearing these poor choices in shoes are five times more likely to break their hips. Here is how seniors should pick their footwear to prevent falls.

  • Choice snug fitting shoes with Velcro laces if at all possible
  • Look for shoes with nonskid soles
  • Toes should not be smashed at all in the shoe.
  • Avoid sandals or any shoe that may fall off during walking.
  • If you wear slippers, wear the type that fits around the back of the ankle and not the slip-on variety.

Medications

If a senior is on a medication that causes dizziness or causes them to be tired, the person should avoid walking outside in rainy or snowy conditions.  Also, going up and down stairs should also be avoided on these types of medications.

Physical Condition

It is important for seniors to stay active and fit on a daily basis, here are some simple tips.

  • Seniors should keep a small set of dumbbells to keep their upper body fit
  • If possible, it is wise for seniors to perform some type of aerobic exercise daily such as walking, riding a stationary bike or playing some type of sport
  • Seniors should get checked every few months by their physician

These are just a few of the tips to help prevent senior’s falls.  We are SeniorTV are one of the leaders in the Senior Technology field and everything that has to do with the well-being of seniors.  If you are interested in learning more about what we have to offer, please give us a call at 1-800-890-7770 or visit us online at www.seniortv.com.